The movie is not underrated as many are saying, it is just a good but not better remake of Plein soleil (1960). Personally I think Plein soleil is much better. 4 years 3 months ago
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a con movie, specifically about a (let's say professional) impostor, and shows you should never falls in love with your mark. But beyond the glib way I just put the premise is a novelistic film - novelistic through its aggregation of inference, with images creating motifs redolent with meaning - filled with complex characters caught up in what becomes a lethal thriller. The impostor's reality is well represented, both logistically and metaphorically, the latter through the use of evil doubles and a dedication to the lead character's point of view that turns you into an accomplice (and perhaps another mirror). Tom Ripley's problem is that he becomes others, and so loses himself, but his greatest strength is improvisation - the fact that jazz plays a big part in this film isn't lost on this viewer - and Iago-like, he takes advantage of opportunities as they arise. Obviously, great cast, Italian locations, etc. 4 years 10 months ago
I didn't really know anything about the plot before I watched this movie - which made it even more interesting. I think it's an unusual and exciting story that's definitely worth watching.
The actors were absolutely amazing. Where do I start: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman... they were all just wonderful and absolutely believable in their respective roles. I also really loved Jack Davenport as Peter, I really liked this characterand I felt so terribly sorry for him in the end...
I also enjoyed the beautiful pictures of Italy.
All in all, very entertaining and intense. 5 years 11 months ago
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This movie ranks #78 in BFI Flare's The Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time
This movie ranks #875 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #957 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office